October 9th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

NRA endorses McCain-Palin ticket

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/07/art.macpalwave1007.gi.jpg caption="A powerful gun rights groups has announced it will endorse Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin."]
(CNN) – The National Rifle Association said Thursday it plans to endorse Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, citing Sen. Barack Obama's "anti-gun record."

"We will encourage gun owners, hunters and anyone who values freedom to vote McCain-Palin on November 4," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's Executive Vice President, said in the statement.

Obama has been on poor terms with gun rights advocates, especially since his controversial remarks about rural residents of Pennsylvania were disclosed before the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Obama lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton in that race despite investing substantial time campaigning in the battleground state.

The U.S. Supreme Court held for the first time in June of this year that the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual right to own and carry a gun.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • NRA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. NV for Obama/Biden

    We are card carrying members of the NRA – and we are voting for Obama/Biden !!

    October 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Hurricane


    The endorsement comes none too soon for McGeezer.
    Most of my gun-nuts I know were on the fence about this one.

    It's a real game changer.

    October 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Bruce

    WOW to think that you support people that are so silly and can only bring HATE to the debate. But then you got to support your GIRL gun slinger.

    Hay she might turn out just like chaney and shoot someonem, by accident. McCain better not go out hunting with Palin. Hate to see you have one of those ACCIDENTS

    October 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. kenny cole

    Maverick!! NOT,joe six pack pittbull in the white house NO

    October 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. John Smith

    "Not surprising – but I was a Republican who was supporting Obama….but hearing the positions they are offering…which I don't support….I just couldn't….socialism is not the answer….(unless the question was…how to wreck this country)"

    When someone reads this type of comment, one wonders where these sorts of people have been for the past 8 years as America's image continues to go down hill!!!

    Fact: this country's image has been wrecked by leaders who are not educated; they fight for only guns!

    October 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Americans unite

    Go McCain u get those votes !!!!

    SIKE !

    Obama will crush McCain the Doddering and Palin the Country Risk.

    October 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Hunter from Wisconsin

    My husband and I are both gun owners from Wisconsin.......who are fervently supporting and voting for OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!

    As Barack Obama has stated numerous times, he has NO interest in taking guns away from *law* abiding citizens, including hunters.

    We have rifles and shotguns to hunt game animals because they are a food source for our family. That's it. We don't collect guns or use them to shoot people.

    My husband is about as redneck as people come, and he feels VERY strongly that there is nothing wrong with making sure that there are laws/policies/systems in place to protect those of us who are responsible gun owners and other citizens who choose not to own a gun from criminals and/or the mentally disturbed who may choose to use a gun for illegal purposes.

    October 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. go away mongers- Ventura,CA

    I'm SHOCKED! Paleeeeeeeeeze.

    October 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Maddog57-California

    And will this fix Wall Street??? SAVE HOMES? mortgages, layoffs? Get a gun and everything will be fine?? Give me a break! Was McCain endorsed by Unions? Please take that idiot Palin with you and head back to Alaska, we need substance not this kind of bull!!!


    October 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Kellie

    This news comes as a complete and total shock. I would never have guessed by the kind words they have been sending Obama's way lately that they would be endorsing McCain.

    October 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Gifty

    Yes, Country First

    You do the same. Endorse, Endorse and ...

    Palin 08

    October 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Phil D

    Wow, I am so shocked that the NRA would endorse a Republican.

    In other news, the Pope is Catholic.

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Noah

    The right to own a gun is a COnstitutional amendment. Of course you Liberals are in the practice of urinating on the Constitution so of course you do not understand or support the NRA. You also want to limit the freedom of speech by shutting down Conservative talk radio. If Liberals cannot spread their crazy beliefs to certain sectors then they try to shut them down. They are cowards.

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Fritz

    And in other news, trees are made out of wood and water is wet.

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Dawn Lancaster

    nooo..... you've got to be kidding?

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. American

    We're gonna need our guns cause if McCain gets elected we're going back to a hunting/gathering economy. America will be so broke, we'll be looking to Alaska to supply us with moose meat to survive!

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Brace yourselves Dems, this is going to be a very trying month. We have 26 days, and we will prevail.

    Right is on our side and we will not be deterred by the same people who put George Bush in the White House TWICE. Stay strong and keep focussed. We WILL take our country back.

    One man
    One spouse
    One house
    One America

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Justin

    This is news? Doesn't the NRA just have a blanket endorsement in place for all Republicans?

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Old White Guy

    What astonishes me is that the leadership of the NRA doesn't seem to care about their members who are going broke under the McCain/Bush economic plan.


    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Duh...

    CNN what a waste of space...

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Nadim Salomon

    What a surprise! My friends, patriot McCain knows how to catch Bin Ladend and he knows how to fix the economy but he will not tell us and he will keep us "prisoners" until we elect him president so Sarah Palin can be subsequently beccome President and now the NRA is providing Palin/McCain the guns to keep us "prisoners". Seems perfectly consistent

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. The Clear Thinking Voter

    This is HARDLY NEWS .....

    The NRA has ZERO credibility with the folks that are currently undecided. This endorsement is not worth very much at this point.

    America, vote for the team that is truly qualified ... with a qualified back up should something happen to the Number 1 guy.

    Vote for the smart guys that can proactively address troubling situations BEFORE they become a CRISIS.

    America, vote your hopes, not your fears.

    Vote for THAT ONE.

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Palin 2012

    So why are we fighting Taliban and other people with guns, i thought it If 2nd is that good, why are we fighting people with gun in other places ??

    I mean after all they are just protecting their home land...

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |


    OBAMA "08"

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Greg in AR

    I challange anyone to find a Democrat that the NRA has ever endorsed. They will back a republican with a less sympathitic voting record than a democrat with perfect agreement to their policies....speaking from personal experience.....so what's the surprise here?????

    October 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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